By Troy L. Smith, Cleveland.com | Posted November 27, 2018 at 06:30 AM | Updated November 27, 2018 at 06:54 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio – History has proven that a great voice is enough to get you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While a narrow view of “rock” music might send you to the idea of a guy playing a guitar, it’s the voices that have endured most. We all love a great guitar solo. But there’s nothing quite like Aretha Franklin belting out “Sock it to me…” or hearing Al Green begging to “stay together.”
Our list of the greatest singers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame deals only with those acts that have been inducted. So you won’t see the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rob Halford, Donny Hathaway or Chris Cornell.
Still that leaves us with a subjective list of amazing voices – from jazz and soul to blues and hard rock – that moved us all.
Anyone who discovered Join Mitchell later in her career heard a singer who didn’t take great care of her voice, which is a shame. At its peak, Mitchell’s vocals was unlike anything else in music — a light, yet powerful instrument that radiated with sensitivity and vulnerability.
Essential songs: “River,” “A Case of You,” “Big Yellow Taxi”